Coed Sailing Qualifies for Nationals With Seventh Place Finish at New England Championship

Coed Sailing Qualifies for Nationals With Seventh Place Finish at New England Championship

THE BASICS:

- Results:

New England Coed Championship - 7th of 18
Women's Team Race National Invitational - 4th of 7

- The Lead: The MIT coed sailing team qualified for the 2018 ICSA Coed National Championship scheduled for late May with their seventh place finish at the New England Coed Championship over the weekend. Additionally, the women's team placed fourth at the Team Race National Invitational they were hosting here in Cambridge.

At the conclusion of the New England Coed Championship, Sameena Shaffeeullah (Danbury, Conn.), Ty Ingram (White Plains, N.Y.) and Trevor Long (Hockessin, Del.) were named to the All-New England First Team, while Julia Cho (Cupertino, Calif.) earned a spot on the All-New England Second Team.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- As a team, the Engineers placed seventh at the New England Championship with 215 points. The A Division vessel sailed by Ingram, Shaffeeullah, Cho and Sarah Caso (Duxbury, Mass.) took ninth with 110 points, while Long, Cho, Marcus Abate (Kemah, Texas) and John Ped (Portland, Ore.) took fifth in the B Division with 105 points. Over the 14 rotations sailed in the A Division, Ingram, Shaffeeullah, Cho and Caso registered 12 top-10 finishes including a second place finish in rotation 11. In the B Division, Long, Cho, Abate and Ped placed inside the top-10 nine different occasions and inside the top-3, three times.

- At the first National Women's Team Race Invitational on the Charles River, the Engineers finished with a 9-9 record for fourth place among the seven teams. The seven teams who were at MIT for the event were Boston University, Yale, Brown, South Florida, Dartmouth and Tufts. Over the two-day regatta, Emily Haig (Beach Haven, N.J.), Annie Hughes (Guilford, Conn.) and Greta Farrell (Huntington, N.Y.) served as the skippers, while Brooke McGoldrick (Southport, Conn.), Fiona McKellar (Palos Verdes, Calif.), Tiffany Xi (Foster City, Calif.), Kalia Pfrang (Suffolk, Va.) and Liz Obermaier (Northville, Mich.) served as the crews.

- In round one, the Engineers defeated Boston University (2-3-4), Tufts (1-2-4) and South Florida (1-2-5) and in round two MIT topped South Florida (1-3-5), Tufts (1-2-3) and Yale (1-3-4), which tied the Engineers with South Florida. A tiebreaker was needed between the two teams, but it was the Engineers who came out on top to advance to the Top 4. In the first round of the Top 4, MIT defeated Yale (1-3-6) and Brown (1-3-6), while in round two, MIT topped Boston University (1-2-6) for an overall record of 9-9 over the weekend.

UP NEXT:

- The Engineers are off until May 22 when the women's team heads to Old Dominion University for the ICSA Women's National Championship. They will be joined by the coed team, who will compete in the ICSA Coed National Championship from May 29 through June 1.

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